Russia’s recent war with Georgia and the ensuing military occupation, which shows every sign of permanency, is a reminder of the folly of committing America to entangling alliances in areas of the world that are none of our concern. Both Georgia and the Ukraine, former Soviet republics, have been agitating for admittance into NATO, and although NATO denied them in March of this year, it has promised them membership at an unspecified future date, much to Moscow’s consternation.
A number of former GOP presidential candidates — Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson — are scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, where they will be expected to display party unity and support John McCain, the GOP’s presumptive standard-bearer. Ron Paul will not be among them.
It looked for a while like it might have been Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who would wind up on the Republican ticket alongside John McCain, but instead it is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who will be in the running to take over from Dick Cheney.
As the recently concluded primary season reminded us, America’s quadrennial presidential nominating process, from the earliest primaries to the national party conventions, has become little more than a political sporting event of mind-numbing complexity.
When California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi became House Speaker with the election of a Democratic majority in 2006, hopes ran high in some quarters that the feisty grandmother of seven would lead an investigation into the Bush administration’s actions involving the United States in the Iraq War.
What effect would a John McCain presidency have on the Supreme Court? That question is perhaps even more important this election year, since three or four Supreme Court justices are likely to retire during the next presidential term.
1968. For nostalgic, aging radicals, that year is fondly remembered as the zenith of their glory days, when their demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the American “system” reached a fever pitch, culminating in the televised violence and riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. For most other Americans old enough to remember that time 40 years ago, it is marked as one of the darkest in American history, a year of riots, revolution, murder, and mayhem.